A HOSPITAL in Devon is applying to use a borehole to draw water from its site. Derriford Hospital hopes to save £26,000 a year if the Environment Agency gives the green light.
The hospital used over 180,000m 3of water in 2002, costing £130,000. The borehole could in action from January 2004, and provide 30,000m 3of water.
Suppplies would be UV treated to kill off bacteria and be used to flush toilets. Engineers say the scheme would pay for itself in two years.
Opponents claim that the water would not replace existing supplies but simply increase the hospital's water usage.
The hospital said tests have shown abstraction would not have any detrimental effect on the environment or local wildlife.